King welcomes new staff

The King City Council welcomed two new staff memebers at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Public Works Director Ricky Lewis introduced Buildings Custodian Sandra Farrar, who joined the city staff in August. Farrar is a part-time employee whose duties include cleaning and upkeep of all city buildings. Assistant Fire Chief Brad Cheek introduced newly hired Administrative Assistant Diane Marion for the King Fire Department. Marion was also hired in August and fills a position vacated due to the retirement of longtime employee Barbara Thorpe.

“Both of these ladies have already demonstrated excellence in their work,” said City Manager Homer Dearmin. “We welcome Sandra and Diane to the City of King, and I am excited to have them as a part of our team.”

Mayor Jack Warren issued a proclamation recognizing King resident Susan Tillman, first runner up in the recent Ms. North Carolina Senior America pageant.

“We are proud of Susan and her accomplishment,” said Warren. “We are proud that she is from King, and we hope to work with her in the near future to bring additional programs and opportunities to our senior citizens.”

Following a public hearing, the Council approved financing for police vehicles, a new brush truck, and street repairs through NewBridge Bank. NewBridge was the low bidder during a competitive bidding process, offering an interest rate of 1.65 percent.

In other business, the City Council:

Set Dec. 11 as the date for the annual City of King Employee Appreciation Meal.

Scheduled a public hearing on Oct. 5 for consideration of the proposed Stokes2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 2 for consideration of abandonment of right-of-way near King Outreach Ministries.

Approved a budget amendment in the amount of $5,744 to cover sidewalk repairs, and repairs necessary due to recent storm damage not covered by the City’s property and liability insurance.

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